Kay Mellor in fight to protect greenbelt land in Leeds
A CAMPAIGN is growing against Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire County Cricket Club's plans to sell off greenbelt land they own in two areas of Leeds for housing to fund a revamp of Headingley stadium.
The sports clubs have asked fans and members to back plans for housing developments on land they own at Tetley Field in Weetwood and Thorpe Lane in Tingley to pay for a £40m expansion of Headingley Carneige Stadium.
The clubs say expansion of the shared stadium can only be delivered if the two plots of land are sold to build a total of 200 houses.
Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington said: “Our supporters should be under no illusion that unless this project is approved, we will have missed a huge opportunity to complete the re-development of the site.”
TV writer Kay Mellor, of Leeds, is among hundreds of objectors opposing a planning application to build 45 houses on Tetley Field at Meanwood.
She said: “Why should we deprive children and the people of Meanwood their greenbelt Land.
“THere has to be special circumstances to take away greenbelt land. There are no special circumstances here.
“People are up in arms about it. We are not going to roll over and let it happen. People feel passionate about it.”
She added: “They are pitting us against the rugby and the cricket. Nobody wishes them any ill. It’s wonderful that the cricket and rugby goes on.
“We are not bitter and twisted, we are just saying don’t rob Peter and pay Paul, we can have both.
“We embrace the cricket and the rugby, but we don’t want our greenbelt sold off for a stand.”
Headingley Stadium needs upgrades in order for the city to retain an international cricket ground status.